In two starts against Pittsburgh this season, Bailey is 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA. Neil Walker hit a solo shot off him on June 6.Pirates: McKenry's bat catching the attention of Hurdle
Hurdle rewarded Michael McKenry's recent hot hitting on Saturday by penciling the catcher into the No. 5 spot in the lineup. McKenry returned the favor by belting a home run, his 11th of the season. He also singled. In his last nine games, McKenry is batting .433 (13-for-30) with with four home runs and 10 RBIs. On average, he's homering about every 12.5 at-bats, the most efficient percentage on the team. "It's awesome to see. More motivation, and definitely encouraging," McKenry said. "At the same time, it's humbling. But everyone in this clubhouse works their tail off. We earn whatever we get." Despite his Saturday output, McKenry likely won't catch on Sunday, as Burnett prefers throwing to Rod Barajas. Even so, that would give Pittsburgh a solid bat off the bench. After all, it was McKenry whose 10th-inning double off Aroldis Chapman on June 7 gave the stud reliever his first earned run of the season. Reds: Navarro hitless in Cincy debut
Catcher Dioner Navarro made his Reds debut Saturday in the absence of Devin Mesoraco, who went on the seven-day disabled list Wednesday with a concussion. Navarro hadn't seen Major League action since August 2011, when he was with the Dodgers. On Saturday, Navarro went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Phillips was initially in Cincinnati's lineup on Saturday, but he was scratched about 20 minutes prior to the first pitch by Baker. Phillips hasn't played since Tuesday, when he left the game against San Diego with a left calf strain. Phillips owns a .296 average with 13 home runs and 62 RBIs this season. Votto took batting practice on Friday and Saturday, but the Reds still have not released a timetable for his return. Votto has been out of the lineup since July 16 with a meniscus tear in his left knee. He's batting .342 with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs. Cincinnati is 16-3 since Votto has been out. Worth noting
The Pirates are 8-4 in their last 12 games at Great American Ball Park. Cincinnati is 6-5 against the Pirates this season. After Sunday, the two teams will meet six more times this year.